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Look: UK lead the way, four ahead of USA on world champions list

Phil Jay 01/06/2016

The United Kingdom is enjoying a purple patch at the top of the boxing tree as victories for cruiserweight Tony Bellew and super lightweight Ricky Burns took their world champion tally to thirteen.

Bellew and Burns, both 33, are currently signed to Matchroom boxing – taking Eddie Hearn’s haul to eight overall – with the other five coming from a trio of Frank Warren rulers, whilst Hennessy Sports and Sanigar Events have one each.

Last weekend saw the UK put some distance between them and their rivals across the Atlantic, the USA who currently lie second on nine current title holders. Mexico take third place on eight, whilst Japan are in fourth on seven.

Alongside Bellew and Burns under the Matchroom banner are IBF champions Anthony Joshua, James DeGale, Kell Brook and Lee Selby, whilst Jamie McDonnell and Anthony Crolla currently hold WBA versions.

Warren, on the other hand, can boast Billy Joe Saunders (middleweight), Liam Smith (super welterweight) and Terry Flanagan (lightweight), all of whom possess WBO belts. IBF bantamweight champion Lee Haskins and top division king Tyson Fury make up the impressive list as the sole champions are their respective promotional outfit.

The United States currently have Deontay Wilder (WBC heavyweight), Daniel Jacobs (WBA middleweight), The Charlo Brothers, Jermall and Jermell (IBF and WBC at super welterweight), Keith Thurman (WBA), Jessie Vargas (WBO) and Danny Garcia (WBC) at the welterweight limit, Terence Crawford (WBO) at super lightweight and finally Gary Russell Jr. (WBC) at featherweight.

Here is the table of countries with world title holders:

United Kingdom 13
United States 9
Mexico 8
Japan 7
South Africa 5
Philippines 5
Germany 4
Russia 3
Puerto Rico 3
Thailand 3
Cuba 2
Ukraine 2
Kazakhstan 2
Dominican Rep 2
Nicaragua 2
Uzbekistan 1
Poland 1
Canada 1
Sweden 1
Italy 1
Venezuela 1
Panama 1
Argentina 1
Namibia 1

For a full list of current world champions click here